Over the past several days, Republican leaders in Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania have proposed legislation that would effectively alter the balance of power in presidential elections. "How's that?" you may well ask. "By changing how most electoral votes are allocated," that's how. According to these proposals -- which are so closely identical in their wording as to likely to have been crafted by a single hand -- most electoral votes would be awarded to the winner of individual Congressional Districts rather than the winner of the state as a whole. Since Republicans plan to implement the proposal in states that are heavily gerrymandered to favor the GOP, the resulting maps would guarantee that Republican candidates would win a majority of each state’s electoral votes, even if the Democratic candidate wins the state as a whole.
Had these laws been in effect in the 2012 election, Barack Obama would still have tallied 4,660,833 more votes than Mitt Romney. However according to the proposed scheme, instead of trouncing Romney by a margin of 332-206 in Electoral College,
Seems to me that if the GOP is really going to be in danger of annihilation, it will be because they are listening so hard to the ranting and railing of their deluded base, that they are incapable of making heads or tails of the more measured, more reasonable thoughts, words and suggestions of the adults in the room.
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